I fully expect the same slur to come out in relation to “copperhead.”
But, Cameron, that Sioux devil copperhead must be got rid of.
The copperhead remarked: 'I was always too smart for that, I was.'
Then why waste your labors, brave hearts and strong men, In tracking a trail to the copperhead's den?
As for the other Mr. copperhead, he did not interest Ursula.
The man is as deadly as a copperhead and twice as treacherous.
Mrs. copperhead had once been poorer than she was, a poor little governess.
Here you go out of my life, for if you appear in it once more I will finish you like a copperhead.
“But it is true all the same,” said Mrs. copperhead, shaking her head.
This is a digression from our immediate subject, which was the luncheon prepared for Mr. copperhead.
Trigonocephalus contortrix, 1775, American English, so called for color markings between its eyes; see copper + head (n.). Poisonous "sneak snakes" (because they bite without warning), the name is said to have been first used in reference to Northerners suspected of Southern sympathies in Greeley's New York "Tribune," July 20, 1861. Charles H. Coleman, "The Use of the Term 'Copperhead' During the Civil War" ["Mississippi Valley Historical Review" 25 (1938), p.263] traces it to an anonymous letter against Ohio anti-war Democrats in the Cincinnati "Commercial" newspaper in the summer of 1861. It seems not to have been in widespread use until summer 1862.